Myanmar: EU condemns ongoing widespread, systematic grave human rights violations.

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In its conclusions adopted by the Council on 26 February 2018, the EU strongly condemned the grave violations committed by Myanmar’s military and security forces, including rape and killings, highlighting the deplorable climate of fear, insecurity, impunity and lack of rule of law that prevails in Rakhine State.

FIDH published a joint statement ahead of the Council meeting demanding an urgent, strong and unified EU response proportionate to the massive scale and nature of the violations being committed and send an unequivocal message to the authorities that ongoing violations and impunity will not be tolerated.

The Council conclusions echo these concerns and recommendations, namely regarding the allegation of crimes against humanity, an extension to the existing embargo on arms and equipment, and a strong reminder to engage with the authorities through the Everything but Arms (EBA) scheme insofar as respect for human rights is a crucial part of the EU’s trade policy and underpins the granting of trade preferences.

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